The Fourth of July is an exciting time for the nation as Americans celebrate their independence, but for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s the kind of explosive celebration that sometimes brings back horrific memories of their time at war.
“When I hear certain fireworks, it’s like a rush comes back,” veteran Keino Armstead said.
In 2004, Armstead was called to Iraq. Now, he’s a counselor at the Charlotte Vet Center. He’s helped other veterans navigate the stress of fireworks.
The loud noises can be a trigger for some, especially if it’s a surprise.
“They lose their bearings, when I say bearings I mean the present — they could be reliving something,” Armstead said.
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